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Former Washington County band director to be arraigned July 5

May 18, 2012

A former local band director who was charged earlier this month in a domestic dispute that ended in a three-vehicle crash near Philadelphia, will be arraigned July 5 on a stalking charge and other counts, according to a Pennsylvania court official.

During a preliminary hearing Thursday, Magisterial District Judge Edward Kropp Sr. scheduled the arraignment after finding cause to uphold stalking, harassment, disorderly conduct and careless driving charges against John Edward Eckstine Jr., 54, a Montgomery County (Pa.) District Court clerk said Friday.

One count each of simple assault and giving false reports to police, and two counts of reckless endangering were dropped during the hearing, according to the clerk.

Eckstine of 388 Key Circle in Hagerstown was band director at Boonsboro, Clear Spring and Williamsport high schools from 1980 to 2000, according to Washington County Public Schools records.

He most recently taught band at the Spring-Ford (Pa.) School District near Philadelphia until he resigned earlier this month, according to the office of Spring-Ford Schools Superintendent David Goodin.

Eckstine and a woman, Jacqueline Alegado, 48, of 13 Castle Drive in Limerick, Pa., are accused of getting into a domestic dispute that led to a vehicle chase May 2 on Pa. 422, the Lower Pottsgrove (Pa.) Township Police Department said. The chase ended in a three-vehicle crash.

Police said no one was seriously injured.

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— Dan Dearth

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